Castlemont Elementary School

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Updated Wed, Jun 9th

Thirty-nine Campbell Union School District (CUSD) students are earning the Middle School Pathway Award Towards the Seal of Biliteracy Award this year from the Santa Clara County Office of Education, marking a milestone toward earning the State Seal of Biliteracy at the end of high school. 

The Pathway award recognizes students who, by the end of 5th and/or 8th grade, have demonstrated a commitment to becoming biliterate and who have reached a degree of proficiency in both English and at least one another language. Some of the 39 students earned the award for proficiency in multiple languages, including: Farsi, French, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Mandarin, Marathi, Russian, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croation, Spanish and Tamil.

“We’re proud of these students’ achievements. The process is rigorous and they persevered through challenging tasks during a pandemic and remote learning,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. “Research indicates that being bilingual and biliterate fosters mental dexterity, builds cultural appreciation, and validates the rich cultural backgrounds of our students.”

To earn the award, the CUSD students had to complete an oral presentation in their target language, reach an identified proficiency level in English-Language Arts, and be students in good standing who are classified as either English Only (EO), Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP), or English Learner (EL), and take at least one year in a World Language.

“We offer students opportunities to learn languages and build cultural competency so they can have success in our schools and beyond. If they go on to earn the Seal of Biliteracy in high school, their efforts can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices,” said Denise Kilpatrick, Coordinator of English Language Development Programs. 

Updated Wed, Jun 9th

There are several upcoming events that may be of interest to our community...

COVID-19 Testing Event

  • Sat., June 12: 10AM-6PM at Rosemary Family Learning Ctr., 401 Hamilton Ave, Campbell. (Sponsored by County Public Health) Register in advance 888-634-1123 or www.lhi.care/covidtesting.

COVID-19 Vaccine Events

  • Thur., June 10, 4-7:30PM: San Jose Earthquakes vaccination event. 1st dose vaccine clinic at PayPalPark, 1123 Coleman Ave., San Jose. Player autographs, food truck, family activities and more.
  • Drop-in Vaccine Clinics

For the most up-to-date drop-in vaccine clinic schedule and locations in various languages, please use the following links (for languages other than English, please scroll down the page until you see the drop-in clinic schedule table): 

 •  English  •  Spanish  •  Vietnamese  •  Tagalog  •  Chinese 

Education Community COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall

  • Thursday, June 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Kaiser Permanente South Bay, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, invites you to a town hall for parents and the community. Please join us to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and to ask your questions of our experts.
Updated Wed, Jun 9th

Superintendent Viramontez offers information and reminders to district families in this last Backyard Briefing of the 2020-21 school year.

Topics in her video message include:

  • Planning for full-time, in-person instruction in August.
  • Awaiting updates from Calif. Public Health about K-12 School Guidance.
  • Declining enrollment impacts here and statewide.
  • Congratulations to this year's 8th graders transitioning to high school.

Watch on our YouTube channel, Campbellusd. Select "cc" for closed captions in English and Spanish.

Updated Tue, Jun 8th

Learning doesn't stop just because classes have ended for summer. 

Our top teachers have created a collection of resources—in English and Spanish— that parents can use to keep their student's young mind engaged. They cover reading, writing, and math, and have links to printable packets, writing prompts, and math activities through iReady for grades K-through 8. 

Don't have technology at home? We may have a solution in this article.

Updated Mon, Jun 7th

What were your favorite summer pastimes as a child? Did you play kick ball or ping pong with friends? Create things with legos or cardboard and glue? Learn a new game or try a new sport? Maybe you just liked to laugh with friends while slurping popsicles or lemonade. 

You can give your child those fun summer memories in our safe, half-day specialty camps, July 6 - July 16. In our Sports Camps and STEAM camps, students make new friends, collaborate, create, and have fun!

Register by June 16! In person: 155 N. 3rd St, Campbell, or online at cusdexpandedlearning.asapconnected.com

Week 1: July 6 - July 9

Sports Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 5th grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 1st grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - 2nd - 3rd grade

STEAM Camp (12pm-4pm) - 4th - 5th grade

Week 2: July 12 - July 16

Sports Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 5th grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 1st grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - 2nd - 3rd grade

STEAM Camp (12pm-4pm) - 4th - 5th grade

Location: Castlemont Elementary (3040 Payne Ave. Campbell, CA 95008)

Grades: Kindergarten* – 5th grade (*only if attended Transitional Kinder in 2020-2021 school year)

Students remain on campus every day. Safety protocols for preventing COVID-19 exposure will be in effect. 

Cost: $270/week for Sports Camp & $315/week for STEAM Camp (*pro-rated for week of July 5)

Updated Wed, Jun 2nd

A donation of several  hundred Chromebooks to our district has opened an opportunity to enhance summer learning. First, we need to determine the level of interest.

Depending on interest level and available staff, the district may be able to provide summer-use Chromebooks and HotSpots in late June or early July to CUSD students entering grades K-6. (Students now in grades 6 and 7 will keep the devices they already have through the Web to One program.) The devices will be set up with applicable web filters and ability to access the district’s student resources.

The donation was made possible through a partnership between our district, the County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. 

Parents wishing to sign up for a device will need to complete the interest form by June 15.

The interest form is available online in English and in Spanish. For a printed copy of the form, please visit your child's school office or the District's administration office at 155 N. 3rd Street, in. Campbell.

Updated 12 min 19 sec ago

This year, 18 members of the Campbell Union School District employee family will be retiring. They take with them a combined total of 439 years of experience and memories and are ready to create more. 

As educators and support staff, they have shown our students how to think critically, innovate, collaborate, empathize and be self-directed. Most have been part of our district for more than 20 years, demonstrating perseverance through challenges and changes in the school system and in society. 

Now they can pursue the privledges, both ambitious and relaxing, that retirement brings: Traveling any time of year on any day of the week; relaxing all day by the pool, with a book, on a Tuesday; spending more time with grandchildren; even working part time at a winery. Their hearts are oriented towards giving to others, so many will pursue new ways to make a positive impact, such as volunteering with charities or promoting antiracist change in society.

We hope you will join us in wishing a fond farewell to our 2020-21 school year retirees:

  • George Barile, Mechanic, Maintenance & Grounds
  • Brad Bruner, Maintenance Worker, Maintenance & Grounds
  • David Fletcher, Teacher, Forest Hill School
  • Catherine Holley, Teacher/Speech Lang., Forest Hill School
  • Edna Laskin, Director, Instructional Services, District Office
  • Melanie Lawler, Human Resources Technician, District Office
  • Beth Linder, Health Clerk, Rolling Hills Middle School
  • Catherine McAvoy, Assistant Principal, Monroe Middle School 
  • Karen Nielsen, Teacher, Capri
  • Cathy Norman, Teacher, Castlemont
  • Rodolfo Ornelas, Maintenance Worker, Maintenance & Grounds
  • Martha Prakash, Teacher, Forest Hill School
  • Kim Sanchez, Art Teacher, Monroe Middle School
  • Dorrie Scamporrino, Teacher, Rolling Hills Middle School
  • Loretta Schmoranc, Teacher, Capri
  • Carrie Tibbs, STEAM Teacher, Rolling Hills Middle School
  • Caitlin Weber, Teacher, Rolling Hills Middle School
  • Sylvia Davis, Teacher, Rolling Hills Middle School 

Due to the continuing limitations on gatherings, we are not able to hold our usual garden reception to celebrate our retirees. We will be inviting them back for an event in the spring of next year.

Updated 12 min 19 sec ago

Mirroring a statewide trend, it appears our schools will have fewer kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students in the coming year. “We have plenty of room for more of our youngest learners, we’re just trying to figure out where they are,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. 

According to EdSource.com, “the pandemic has intensified a multi-year trend of dwindling student enrollment statewide, causing a steep drop this year. Across California, more than four out of five districts with kindergartners saw a decline in kindergarten enrollment.” Causes for the enrollment drop vary, EdSource says, and they were complicated by existing trends such as declining birth rates, people moving away, and sudden economic hardships brought on by the pandemic. 

“For some students, the loss of the kindergarten experience will have long-lasting repercussions,” said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Whitney Holton. Early learning gaps can affect a child all the way through high school graduation. Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten provide the foundation children need for success in school and throughout their lives.” 

If you have family members or neighbors who live in our district, remind them Campbell Union School District's experienced teachers and staff are committed to creating a safe, engaging and nurturing place to learn. For information about enrolling, go to campbellusd.org/enrollment or phone 408-364-4200.

Updated 12 min 19 sec ago

Give your child fun, safe and enriching experiences this summer with one of our Summer Camp options. 

Traditional summer camp program 

Students remain on campus every day. Safety protocols for preventing COVID-19 exposure will be in effect. 

Elementary grades  •  June 21-August 6

New theme and related on-site event each week.

Week 1: June 21-25 Zoology

Week 2: June 28-July 1 Around the World

Week 3: July 6-9 (closed July 5) Art

Week 4: July 12-16 Heroes

Week 5: July 19-23 Experiments 

Week 6: July 26-30 World Wide Sports

Week 7: August 2-6 Under the Sea

Location: Marshall Lane Elementary School, 14114 Marilyn Lane, Saratoga

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Grades: Entering Kindergarten* – 4th grade (*only if attended Transitional Kinder in 2020-2021 school year)

Cost: $300/week (pro-rated for week of July 5)

Register online: cusdexpandedlearning.asapconnected.com

Middle school grades  •  June 21-July 23

Hours: 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Program Schedule: 
sample schedule

Location: Monroe Middle School, 1055 S. Monroe St., San Jose

Grades: Entering 6th-9th grade 

Cost: $100, students are required to attend all 24 days of program

Register online: https://forms.gle/rdBkuQPjGQpdPrxx6

Specialty Enrichment Camps July 6 - July 16

girl holding lego robotChoose a Sports Camp or a STEAM lego robotics camp where students make new friends, collaborate, create, and have fun!

Week 1: July 6 - July 9

Sports Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 5th grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 1st grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - 2nd - 3rd grade

STEAM Camp (12pm-4pm) - 4th - 5th grade

Week 2: July 12 - July 16

Sports Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 5th grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - Kinder - 1st grade

STEAM Camp (9am-12pm) - 2nd - 3rd grade

STEAM Camp (12pm-4pm) - 4th - 5th grade

HoursSee hours for each speciality camp listed above.

See hours aboveLocation: Castlemont Elementary (3040 Payne Ave. Campbell, CA 95008)

Grades: Kindergarten* – 5th grade (*only if attended Transitional Kinder in 2020-2021 school year)

Students remain on campus every day. Safety protocols for preventing COVID-19 exposure will be in effect. 

Cost: $270/week for Sports Camp & $315/week for STEAM Camp (*pro-rated for week of July 5)

Register online: cusdexpandedlearning.asapconnected.com

Updated 12 min 19 sec ago

In Campbell Union School District, we have been committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new coronavirus, we gave great attention to reducing the spread of germs in order to make it safe for students and staff to return to campus and the dynamics of in-person instruction. 

During the pandemic, and well before welcoming students back to campus, we monitored public health orders closely and ensured that our staff had the information and training needed. In all cases, our first focus is on what needs to happen to ensure student safety. Next, we do the necessary follow-up procedures and communications.

For everyone’s safety, we implemented the multi-layered measures for reducing the risk of infection: wearing facial covering, physical distancing, small/stable groups, hand washing and schedules that support those efforts. 

Our district nurses, staff in Expanded Learning, Preschool, and Human Resources departments make up our team of tracking and tracing officials. This team has received weekly training with the county public health department all year to ensure processes and protocols are known, understood and implemented. 

When a COVID-19 case comes to our attention, our nurses and Human Resources staff work closely with public health officials to begin a thorough tracking and tracing process. This case-by-case process includes pinpointing the specific dates, times and locations where that person may have exposed others. They upload the information to a secure database shared with public health officials. When it is determined that a student or staff member is a close contact, information is sent directly to  those individuals. The information informs the staff or family of what actions they need to take. It is an extensive, time-consuming and very worthwhile effort. Thankfully, cases of COVID-19 have been few, and, as yet, we have had no internal spread of the virus in our schools and workplaces.  

In late March 2021, we introduced a new COVID-19 dashboard to allow our community to see the numbers of cases and classroom/program closures by site. This was a new endeavor to provide transparency while also balancing the need for medical privacy to individuals as required by law (HIPAA).  As with many new processes, we experienced a few glitches as we attempted to incorporate the most current data into our procedures and work through some behind-the-scenes technical issues. As a stop-gap, we entered confirmed case data manually as we worked through issues with the automated data transfer between ours and Google’s systems.

As of May 24, the dashboard version 2.0 is working well and has some new features to help the viewing public dig into the numbers more easily. It shows how many cases are related to staff vs. students, whether a case was contracted internally or not, and whether exposure resulted in closing a preschool or TK-8 classroom within a 10-day quarantine period. As with all improvement efforts, we have implemented some additional steps to ensure accuracy of the information for those wishing to know. 

The pandemic has affected our families and community in many ways, financially, emotionally, and physically. Experts predict that the impacts will be felt for years to come, especially among children and youth. Through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, Campbell Union School District will continue to partner with families and the community as we focus efforts on safely educating students to their highest potential.